HUD to ban smoking in all public housing starting July 31

This "smoke-free" policy bans the use of prohibited tobacco products in all public housing living units, indoor common areas in public housing, and in public housing agency (PHA) administrative office buildings.

This ban was announced in November 2016 from U.S. Housing and Urban Development but Public Housing Agencies were given until July 31 to abide by the new rule.

In announcing the ban, administration officials emphasized the dangers of secondhand smoke to children, saying it can increase the risk of asthma, ear infections, even sudden infant death syndrome.

Hazard Housing Authority has a gazebo where smokers can go to that is more than 25 feet away from the building's front door.

HUD says about 228,000 public housing units under more than 600 local agencies have already gone smoke-free, and the new rule will wipe out smoking in more than 940,000 other units. That amount includes $16 million in costs associated with smoking-related fires. Electronic or e-cigarettes are included in the ban.

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